Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography

Lesson 46/60 - Culling Model Shoot Images


Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography


Lesson Info

Culling Model Shoot Images

So first thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go through some of these shots that we went through, mentally dissect them like I always do when I'm working on images. This one here I actually paused on this because this gives me an idea for a shot going forward in the future. So maybe if I was doing some and I don't do, I don't shoot a ton of engagement photos or anything like that but maybe if I was to, something like this concept would be kinda fun that shows a little bit of the setting above here, so you have like the paper, maybe I'll bring it down a little bit lower, but like tiny humans in environment. So, that just kinda gets my brain thinking where something in the future that maybe could be fun. So, I actually have, I'm gonna star that one as a two so that when I come back into Capture One and I'm looking at this catalog of images later I can look at it and be like oh yeah, that's right. So maybe in six months or a year from now, I'll do something with it or maybe next week but it's...

just a matter of you know, waiting for that experience and that opportunity to come to come to fruition so. So from here we're just going to fly through the photos. This one here I quite liked but of course you remember how I was saying that this area on the elbow was just a little bit weird, and if I notice it I guarantee you somebody on the internet is gonna call me out for it, so we're gonna go next. That on was intentionally shot a little bit differently. And so we're just kinda like chipping away at the poses here. So these are her hands, it's not too bad, but I mean it's still like we said this her body ratio is not this, so this is making her a little bit shorter so we'll probably pull it out a little bit in post-production. But we're just kinda sliding along here and I'm oh yeah you know these are not too bad, I might steal the hair from this one so I'm gonna mark that as a three, cause it you know just maybe if the pose at the side going forward in the future, I wanna add a little bit of texture, a little bit of movement, maybe I'm gonna do that, so I'm just making a note of it. And those are her face there going back and forth. These are kinda pretty but not really talking to me; it's very nice. And this is getting a lot nicer. Very soft, very pretty again. And that's really nice and that's the one I wound up picking right there. So that's very pretty. So I'm just kinda like literally just scanning through them. I knew when I shot it though that which one I was probably gonna work on. Actually after we finished filming, I was hit with an idea and so I shot a couple extra frames as I sometimes do, and I just had her turn her body a little bit, and we just had a couple people throwing fabric, and I wound up loving this one. I really, really, really like this one; it's very pretty. We kept the lighting setup the same, I just had her turn her back to me and just look over the shoulder. So, we're gonna start working on this one, but if for some reason it's just kinda bugging me and like I said, remember yesterday I was saying I pay attention to what's in here and I pay attention to the left side of my brain, if this is starting to feel kinda funny, I might jump over and try the other image so we're gonna probably bring both of them into Photoshop, I'm gonna look at the file with compared to the background image that I wanna use, and just see which one's gonna, I'm just gonna look at them and see which one's gonna jump out at me a little bit better.

Class Description

With the right Photoshop know-how and studio shoot experience, you can merge fact and fiction into a reality that lives up to your imagination. Renee Robyn has made a career of turning everyday photos from her travels into eye-catching images. Robyn will teach you how to add people and other elements to your existing landscape photos using ethereal custom effects.

Join us for “Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography” and you’ll learn:

  • How to choose or set up a shoot for your background image
  • How to direct posing during a shoot, and work with directional light in studio to make your subject fit into the background image
  • How to composite your subject into your image using Photoshop

Photo compositing allows you to breathe interesting ideas into your photos. Open your hard drive, walk into your memory, and turn past experiences into fantastic new realities.


1Class Introduction 2Why You Should Sketch Your Composite 3What to Look for in Your Background 4Posing Your Model 5Communicate with Your Team 6Elements of Compositing 7Learning from Failure & Criticism 8On-Location Safety Tips 9How to Nail the Right Perspective for Your Composite Photo 10Gauging Light & Exposure On-Location 11On-Location Posing 12Cliff Shoot Location Final Thoughts 13Tips for Culling Images 14Culling Images Q&A 15Preparing Your Image for Composite 16Composite Image Cleanup 17Adding Background Image to Composite 18The Difference Between Flow & Opacity 19Composite Sky Elements 20Using Curves to Color Match 21Adding Atmospheric Depth to Image 22Using Color Efex Pro to Manipulate Color 23Using the Liquify Tool 24Color Theory & Monitor Calibration 25Adding Smoke Layer to Image 26Selective Sharpening 27Crop Your Image 28Goal Setting for Digital Artists 29Review of Location Composite 30Understand Angle & Height for Your Base Plate Image 31Base Plate Focus Point 32Base Plate Lighting Tips 33How to Use a Stand-In for Base Plate Image 34Capture On-Location Base Plate Image 35Student Positioning Demo 36Base Plate Sketching 37On-Location Sky Capture 38What to Look for in a Base Plate Model 39Building Composite Model Lighting 40Composite Model Test Shots for Angle Matching 41Composite Model Shoot: The Art of Fabric Throwing 42Composite Model Shoot: Working with Hair 43Composite Model Shoot: Posing Techniques 44Composite Test with Final Shot 45Lighting Setup Overview 46Culling Model Shoot Images 47Adjusting Skintone Colors 48Merging Background with Model 49How to Mask Hair 50Creating a Layer Mask with the Brush Tool 51Creating Shadow Layers 52Removing Visual Distractions with Stamp Tool 53Replacing Sky with Layer Mask 54Drawing Hair Strands and Atmospheric Depth 55Creating Contrast in Your Composite 56Adding Atmospheric Elements 57Using Particle Shop 58Selective Color Adjustments 59Cropping, Sharpening, & Final Touches 60Closing Thoughts


Dino Maez

i have to say, the class was AMAZING! in every way from the tricks and technique's of mastering this art form to the personalized attention given by Renee. through the class you are able to learn information that would normally take the average person years of trial and error. Renee gives you the gift of benefitting from her her experiences and what she has learned THE HARD WAY! Renee is an outstanding instructor full of passion for what she does, and with a strong desire to not only improve the art, but more importantly, pay it forward, by sharing her knowledge with others. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the event in person, truly a once in a lifetime experience for me, the staff at creative live were THE BEST! they are helpful in every way and really made this event something special, i can't say enough about the experience i had and would highly recommend that anyone who has the opportunity to go down for a class, it will be an experience that you will never forget. but the best part of creative live is that wether you are there in person or wether you are watching from the comfort of your own home, you are involved in the class in REAL TIME, you have the ear and attention of the skilled artist giving the instruction, being there myself i can tell you that Renee was regularly given questions and comments from the viewers via the creative live staff and she would respond to them as they came, in that way you are very much apart of the class you are never left without getting that personalized attention of an amazing artist or that specific question you have answered, and even better you have the option to purchase the class and have it as a constant resource in your tool kit that you can refer back to at any point that you need a refresher or want to recall that special technique that was demonstrated. thank you thank you to renee and all the staff at creative live you have a life long member in me. and i would recomend that everyone take advantage of this valuable resource dino maez

Sheldon Carvalho

Awesome class. I've been following Renee for a very long time. I love her work and to finally see her work and get an image done from start to finish was quite something.. I love the way she sees things and the way she treats her work and all fellow creative. I would recommend this to everyone interested in getting into composting. Looking forward to creating and making my own art work. But it now :) Have fun creating. :)

Tristan Wilhelm

Very good class. I enjoyed the very friendly, approachable and quirky style Renee teaches with. I did feel, as others have said that she could get off on bunny trails and tell stories and I was glad for Creative Live's option to speed up the video. But great tips and it was extremely helpful watching it how she would do it. Thank you much Renee, and also, I'm a PC user that unites with you.